Health Alert (March 26, 2020)


U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil
March 26, 2020




Brazil has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens who live in the United States (i.e. are travelling temporarily overseas) should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.

On March 20, 2020, Brazil declared a national emergency over the coronavirus epidemic.  The decree allows the Brazilian government to spend outside of its planned budget.  Several states have declared statewide public emergencies closing parks and non-essential public services.

As of March 22, 2020, Brazil closed all land borders.  Commercial flights are still available as of this time, including direct flights to the United States.  You should have a plan to depart from Brazil that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.  See recent Message for U.S. Citizens regarding Commercial Flights.

Only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia and Consulates General in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, and Recife.

Actions to Take:

Dial 192 for emergency services in Brazil if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.


United States Embassy and Consulates in Brazil: 

U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03
Brasília, DF – 70403-900
Phone: (61) 3312-7000
After-Hours Emergencies: (61) 3312-7400

Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte
Avenida do Contorno, 4520 / 2nd floor – Funcionários
Belo Horizonte, MG – 30110-028
Telephone: +55 (31) 3338-4000

U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163 Bairro Boa Vista
Recife, PE – 50.070-060
Phone: (81) 3416-3050
After-Hours Emergencies: (81) 99916-9470

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Av. Presidente Wilson, 147 Castelo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ — 20030-020
Entrance at Rua Santa Luzia
Phone: (21) 3823-2000
After-Hours Emergencies: (21) 3823-2029

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
Chácara Santo Antonio,
São Paulo, SP — 04709-110
Phone: (11) 3250-5000
After-Hours Emergencies: (11) 3250-5373

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889 Passo dAreia
Porto Alegre, RS – 91350-110
Phone: 51-3345-6000
After-Hours Emergencies: 51-3345-6000

For further information:

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